The story of Groundcover Landscaping...

My name is Graeme Hopkins and my wife Michelle and I began Groundcover Landscaping in 2004.

After leaving school, I worked at a Hamilton firm as a quantity surveyor. Then in 1994 Michelle and I embarked on our OE and I found work at London's New Covent Garden Flower Market. This sparked an interest in plants and I decided I wanted to continue working in a job that involved being outdoors, as opposed to an office. After four years at the Flower Market, I landed a landscaping job working for long-established garden centre, Rassells, in Kensington in central London and realised this was the profession for me.

I spent two years at Rassells and learnt a huge amount, then we came back to New Zealand in 2000 where I began working for a local landscaping company. After three years there, I decided it was time to start my own company and in 2004 Groundcover Landscaping Ltd was born.

For the first couple of years it was just me and my trusty Mitsubishi ute, doing predominantly landscape construction. Eventually we upgraded the ute to a truck, and in 2008 I employed Paul Ayson, a qualified landscape designer with 12 years experience.

Having a qualified landscape designer working for us has meant we can now offer a design service to our clients. This means that with one phone call, our clients can have the design and implementation of their garden or outdoor area taken care of.

With the company growing steadily, Michelle is now more involved in the business, taking care of all the marketing and design, and the office administration. She writes our Facebook and blog posts, and keeps things ticking over behind the scenes.

Together we have two kids: Libby who is 10 years old, and Clara who is 7. They keep us entertained and on our toes! Our family time is spent swimming, bike-riding and admiring the girls' latest creative projects, plus we have a house we're renovating, so there's never a dull moment.

Why choose us?

With a skilled and capable team of guys, Groundcover Landscaping has all the resources and expertise available to meet and exceed our clients' needs and expectations.

The company's continued success is due to the high standard of customer service, with workmanship that is second to none. This is verified by written testimonials, many repeat clients, and our 7 Point Guarantee which our customers love.

In the past, the business was run from a home office, but we now work out of a yard and office space in Frankton - this has supported the growth of the company hugely - we needed the extra space!

We are pretty excited about what's ahead for Groundcover Landscaping and have big plans for the future.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide top quality work that is designed and built to last. Our goal is to involve our customers throughout the project to ensure complete customer satisfaction and a finished product that is tailored to their requirements. We value the input of our staff and know that their contribution is important to the success of our company.